Archive for March, 2013

Wine O'Clock

Fleur Du Cap Unfiltered Semillon 2012

Fleur Du Cap Unfiltered Semillon 2012

Ok – this is nothing like the Semillons back home (Oz, where they’re lean and grapefruity or toasty and linseedy). Nor is it anything like the Semillon blends from France (lean again, with grass and citrus and a little honey, unless of course it’s botrytised and that’s a whole different […]

March 27, 2013 ×

Wine O'Clock

Veuve Cliquot Demi Sec NV

Veuve Cliquot Demi Sec NV

This was served out of decanter in this occasion to limit bead and improve texture match with paired dessert. Sweet of course, lemon-puff and candied peel style with soft marshmallow and white peach middle. Slightly creamy, and a little honeyed/mineral. Slightly short on the finish, but that’s pretty common with […]

March 25, 2013 ×

Culinary Travel, Eating up Dubai

Finding a slice of Baghdad in Dubai

Finding a slice of Baghdad in Dubai

When I started the year, I thought over a few of my highlights of the last. Can you remember me mentioning Arva Ahmed of Frying Pan Adventures? Well, I’ve recently been on a second tour with Arva, and it was even better than the last. So much so, that she […]

March 24, 2013 ×

News Events and More

“Simply” not good enough

“Simply” not good enough

Don’t you love sitting down to some really, really great food? I love Pierre Gagnaire’s food, but not only that, his personal style. Each dish is formulated with balance and finesse. It’s haute cuisine, which ever so slightly nudges the pretty end of Molecular Gastronomy without ever going completely into […]

March 13, 2013 ×

Wine O'Clock

Veuve Cliquot La Grande Dame 1998

Veuve Cliquot La Grande Dame 1998

Gorgeous. A big yeasty nose with a slap-in-the-face character of honey and butter on hot toast. Threads of hair-thin bead trail in the glass. Lovely mineral/autolytic palate with a finish of strawberries and rhubarb laced with malt and sherbet. This wine blew me away in the lineup of several champagnes, […]

March 12, 2013 ×

Eating up Dubai, News Events and More

Taste Teasers – Can Taste of Dubai impress us this year?

Taste Teasers – Can Taste of Dubai impress us this year?

Taste of Dubai season is back. For the last two months, our inboxes have been full of “early bird” offers, “exclusive deals” and “last chance” opportunities to buy two tickets at 99AED. If anyone hasn’t heard of Taste of Dubai yet, you’re obviously walking around with your eyes closed, refusing […]

March 10, 2013 ×

Recipes

Cardamom and pistachio custard tart

Cardamom and pistachio custard tart

This is really so much easier than you would think. I’m not much of a pie maker, and yet, I managed to pull this off without a hitch. There’s many steps, but all are very easy. Unfortunately it’s a little deviation, in fact a large deviation from my usual gluten […]

March 8, 2013 ×

Beautiful places and spaces, Destination Guides

Navigating the green mountain – Jebel Akhdar, Oman

Navigating the green mountain – Jebel Akhdar, Oman

Imagine you’re just a quiet bloke. You live in the hills, just about as far away from civilization as you can manage. Your electricity trickles in on a single wire that hangs from a concrete pole that is currently being used as a butt-scratching device by the neighbourhood goat. Your […]

March 6, 2013 ×

Wine O'Clock

Veuve Cliquot Vintage Rosé 2004

Veuve Cliquot Vintage Rosé 2004

Similar fruit to the NV (strawberries, red currant) but more toasty and yeast dominated, and plenty of vanilla on the nose. There is a huge candy hit in the mid-palate that some will love (I however found it disturbed the balance a little), and makes it a great Champagne for […]

March 3, 2013 ×